Support for Germany’s mainstream parties implodes, Die Welt reports
‘A grand coalition was never so unloved’
The first national voter poll in Germany (by INSA) after negotiations concluded for a grand coalition government show a collapse of voter support for the participants, the Christian Democrats (with less than 30% of the vote) and the Social Democrats with a record low of 16.5% of the vote — statistically indistinguishable from the 15% support for the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). In national elections held last September, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU received 33% of the vote and the Social Democrats got 20.5% of the vote.
The head of the polling organization told the newspaper Bild, “The CDU and SPD have to fear new elections. A grand coalition never was so unloved.”
If new elections were held today, the two largest parties together wouldn’t have a majority between them.